D-Day: The War on Nature

23 Mar


We’ve witnessed an an interesting escalation in hostilities here in Freedom’s Land during the last five decades. First there was the:
War on Poverty, next we had the
War on Drugs, then the
War on Terror,now the
War on Nature (Undeclared, but in full battle array)
Many among us can recall the ardent rhetoric and solemn pronouncements when the offensive on Poverty began in the chaotic 60’s. We have to put this one in the lost column, sadly, as folks are poorer now than they were fifty years ago. The prospects for any reversal of this trend seem rather slim, unfortunately. First the country became hard-hearted, then it went broke, and the War on Poverty was lost; a righteous failure. Long term effects of this loss can be devastating.
Okay, how about the War on Drugs?  Won or lost? Well, at that same time, the 60’s, all those hippies and freaks were smoking those funny cigarettes right out in the open. Had to crack down, didn’t we? It was illegal. Throw them in jail. Thing was, soon as that happened a bunch of gangsters started smuggling dope, and killing each other, and we had to catch them and then we had to spray paraquat on the crops…ugh! and, wow…such a big mess. Now pot is getting to be legal all over the place! Isn’t that what happened before…like in Prohibition time… with the booze?  Trouble is, lots of potheads are still behind bars for stuff that is now legal.
That’s two in the loss column for sure.
Now let’s look at the War on Terror. On second thought, let’s not. Alright, alright, where to start?
Ruined cities, ruined countries, ruined GI’s. Dead people. Angry millions. That’s a start. And a finish…| 
D-Day has passed and we are far into in the War on Nature. It’s not going well at all. We may have to score this one a loss along with those others.  But if we do win this one; look out. Nature is not a good loser. In fact she can be quite vindictive. You might even say, Homicidal. Does the term ‘ scorched earth’ ring a bell?
The scoreboard calls it…0 for 3, probably 4.  Not so good folks but historically pretty much on the mark. We have to go back 70 years and include the wars with uniforms and flags and such hoopla, back to the War in the Pacific to find a clear-cut winner for the team.  Prior to that; a big leap back to the Spanish-American War. In the middle of the nineteenth century we posted another triumph over Mexico. That’s about it, friends. 3 for 20, unless you want me to count Grenada and Panama? I didn’t think so.
Getting back to the War on Nature, you can forget what you are told about the reasons for all the turmoil around the globe. We know all the stories of freaky storms, droughts, desertification and what is happening to the ozone; everybody has an opinion.  Take it from a fellow sufferer; these are classic allergy symptoms, that’s all.
  Folks, Mother Nature has become allergic to testosterone.  How will she ease her distress? Be wary. Very wary.

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